Changes to our eligibility determiner and rules

16 Sep 2020

We’ve made some changes to our eligibility determiner tool in the CSS and PSS Employer Services Online (ESO) portal. These changes make eligibility simpler and easier to understand. We’ve also updated the PDF eligibility determiner guides, but we still strongly encourage you to use ESO’s version.

You’ll also find there have been a few changes to the scheme eligibility rules, which take effect from 1 October 2020. We’ve summarised these particular changes for you below.

 

For APS Employers

Employment Category What was it before Oct 1? What is it from Oct 1?
CSS ongoing employment with concurrent employment Your employee couldn't join CSS and had to join PSS. Your employee must join CSS. 
CSS non-ongoing full-time employment with concurrent employment Your employee couldn't join CSS, but could elect PSS. Their default super fund was PSS. Your employee must join CSS. 
PSS non-ongoing employment with continuous service

Your employee could elect PSS.

 

PSS was their default super fund if they didn’t make a valid election.

Your employee can elect PSS, but must meet one of the criteria below*.

 

PSS will still be the default super fund if they don’t make a valid election. They won’t need to meet the above criteria.

For non-APS employers

Employment category What was it before 1 Oct? What is it from 1 Oct?
CSS ongoing concurrent employment Your employee couldn’t join CSS and had to join PSS. Your employee must join CSS.
CSS non-ongoing full-time concurrent employment Your employee couldn’t join CSS, but could elect PSS. Their default super fund was PSS. Your employee must join CSS.
CSS casual employment Your employee couldn’t join CSS or PSS, but could elect PSSap, which could’ve also been their default fund. Your employee can’t join CSS or PSS, but can elect PSSap. If they don’t choose a super fund, they’ll default into one that isn’t a CSC fund even if PSSap would ordinarily be your default super fund.
PSS non-ongoing employment with continuous service Your employee could elect PSS, which was also their default super fund.

Your employee can elect PSS, but must meet one of the criteria below*. If choosing PSS, they must elect PSS as their choice of fund.PSS won't be their default super fund.

 

They can't join PSSap, aside from opening a PSSap Ancillary account.

 

If they don't elect to join PSS, or another super fund, they'll default into one that isn't a CSC fund even if PSSap would ordinarily be your default super fund. 

 

 

 

* Your employee must meet at least one of the following:

  • Be employed on a contract of more than three months,
  • Have had at least three months eligible employment within the last two years, or
  • Have the intention to pay a transfer value into PSS.

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